Roberts extends string of state golf tournament appearances; Lady Lions ninth at regionals

Derrick Stuckly Brownwood Bulletin
Lady Lion junior Sydney Roberts finished tied for second at the Region I-4A girls golf tournament in Lubbock Tuesday, qualifying for the state tournament for the second year in a row.

LUBBOCK — For the second consecutive year, Sydney Roberts will represent Brownwood High School at the UIL state golf tournament.

Abbreviated to 27 holes after Monday’s opening round was postponed due to heavy rain, Roberts followed a nine-hole score of 41 by closing with a 69 over the final 18 holes Tuesday to finish with a 110 overall score — good for a second-place tie — at the Region I-4A girls golf tournament at Shadow Hills Golf Course.

“I felt like today was one of my best golf rounds ever,” Roberts, a junior, said. “I played steady, having only one bogey, and really didn’t have to scramble until the last two holes where I had to make some pretty tricky up and downs for par. Everything was really clicking for me today but if I had to pick one part of my game I would say my approach shots into greens were incredible today.

“Monday’s conditions were absolutely horrific. I was describing it as playing golf in a hurricane. I ended up shooting 5-over which left me in fifth place going into today. That fifth place did not settle with me very well and I honestly was a little nervous but I knew that if I wanted to make it to state I needed to calm down and focus. Once I calmed down and got a few good holes under my belt, I was comfortable and ready to play my game.”

Level at 110 with Hailey Burgen of Region I-4A team champion Andrews at the end of regulation, Roberts then embarked on a five-hole playoff to determine the regional runner-up.

“We played a five-hole playoff alternating between No. 1 and No. 9,” Roberts said. “We went birdie, birdie, par, birdie, and on the fifth hole I got into a little trouble with my driver and ended up doubling. Hailey bogeyed making her the winner of the playoff. I ended up playing 24.5 holes today which really didn’t effect me that much. I was definitely tired, but I had a playoff to go play so I had to suck it up.”

Midland Greenwood’s Ryan Pate unseated Roberts as the regional champion with a 27-hole tally of 108, while Roberts will represent Region I-4A as the second-place medalist. Gabi Cano of Monahans (39-77=116), who came in fifth overall behind Kalli Jennings of Andrews (39-74=113), will be the third-place medalist.

The top three teams and top three individuals not on those teams advance to the UIL Class 4A girls state tournament at Onion Creek Golf Course in Austin April 27-28.

Roberts is eager for the opportunity to improve upon her stellar performance at state a year ago.

“It feels awesome,” Roberts said of continuing her string of state appearances. “I had such a great experience last year placing fifth and I can’t wait to go back and try and win this year.”

As a team, the Lady Lions finished ninth out of 16 squads, tallying a composite score of 615. Brownwood finished behind state qualifiers Andrews (465), Snyder (487) and Bridgeport (512), as well as Andrews II (34), Sweetwater (545), Graham (564), Pampa (594) and Borger (600). Finishing behind the Lady Lions were Vernon (668), Decatur (671), Alvarado (682), Godley (704), Clint (717) and Wichita Falls Hirschi (756).

Along with Roberts’ performance, other Lady Lions competing included Audrey McKillip (59-98=157), Kylee McCoy (64-117=181), Sidney Ivey (63-119=182) and Krista Fragua (NS-104-NS).

“It was a great day,” said Lady Lions golf head coach Laura Martin. “Sydney had an amazing day shooting 69 today, and the team also played hard. I’m very proud they made it to regionals.”